There are SO many small and intimate details that go into your wedding day. Between your accessories, invitations, flowers, gifts, etc, really there are so many things that you probably want to include in your wedding day flat lay! But, outside of your wedding invitation suite and rings, it can be hard to know what else to pack for the day! Lucky for you, I have documented SO many wedding flat lays in my career at this point so I have plenty of ideas to help you put together a unique and beautiful wedding day flat lay.
If you’re not familiar with wedding day albums then you might not be familiar with the term wedding flat lay. A wedding day flat lay is a collection of wedding day details put together tastefully on a surface and documented for your wedding day album. As Pinterest and Instagram continue to be a source of inspiration for wedding day flat lays, I LOVE how creative my couples have gotten when putting together their details boxes for their wedding flat lays. If you’re not sure where to start, when gathering your details for your wedding day flat lay, you’re in the right place!
When gathering all of your wedding day details, you will want to first take a second and think through whether or not you and your partner are getting ready in the same building on your wedding day. If so, you can document all of your wedding day details together. If not, you might want to opt to just do one flat lay with just your details or your partners’ details, or do two separate flat lays including your details. During the week before your wedding, grab a box, around shoebox-sized, or purchase a box from your local small business or Target to keep your details in.
Though this list is not the end all be all in terms of wedding flat lays, here is a list of ideas
Invitation suite (invitation, envelope, stamp, RSVP card, etc)
Perfumes/Colognes (if applicable)
Wedding Flowers (if you don’t have strays from your florist, your bouquet, boutonnieres, or corsages will do!)
Fun Details From Your Centerpieces
Polaroids from your morning together or your rehearsal dinner
Pet details like a wedding collar or tie
Piece of your wedding centerpiece
After gathering all of your details for your wedding day flat lay, it’s important to prep these items and others to make sure they’re ready to be photographed the morning of! Things like your wedding dress and veil will need to be steamed, I love this wedding dress steamer that is super easy to pack for your wedding day. Next, you’ll want to pack a hanger other than the one that came with your wedding dress, a wooden hanger or a velvet hanger are both great options that photograph beautifully. Last but not least, your wedding ring and accessories also need to be cleaned, having this Wedding Ring Cleaner ready or having all your jewelry professionally cleaned is a great option.
Wedding day flat lays are one of the best ways to document the smaller details on your wedding day that make your wedding day feel like you. As you’re gathering your wedding day details and prepping for your wedding day pulling these items aside for your flat lay will help you to feel more organized and confident going into your wedding day. Having your flat lay will also be a beautiful introduction to your wedding day photos and albums for you to look back on for years to come! Each of my clients receives a reminder email the month before their wedding day to help them pack for your wedding flatlay! If you want endless guidance like this blog post leading up to your wedding day from your wedding photographer, head to my contact page so we can get your wedding date in the books!